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Women’s Initiative Receives Jane Doe Award: A Global Effort With A Local Connection
The George W. Bush Institute Women’s Initiative was the 2013 recipient of the Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award in recognition for their work with marginalized women across the globe. Created to celebrate individuals or groups who are committed to fighting injustices against women and children, the Jane Doe Award represents those who often remain nameless and faceless on their journey to freedom.
The signature program of the Women’s Initiative, the Women’s Initiative Fellowship seeks to empower women to become effective leaders. With an initial focus in the Middle East and North Africa region, the Fellowship equips participants through leadership training, mentoring opportunities and visits to exemplary organizations across the United States. The inaugural class of Fellows, convened in 2012, was made up of 13 Egyptian women. The second Fellowship began in March 2013 and is comprised of 19 Egyptian women.
During their time in the United States, the Fellows had the opportunity to visit the Genesis Women’s Shelter, and found it to be one of their most beneficial and inspiring visits. Jan Langbein, Executive Director at Genesis and an advocate for women everywhere, provided an overview of the history of domestic violence in the United States and her team’s continued efforts to eradicate this problem. She invited prominent members of the community, including a local judge, a female detective from the Dallas Police Department and men from the Dallas Community, to share their uniformed vision for a community free of domestic violence with the Fellows. The Fellows were greatly impacted by their visit and touched by the commitment of the entire community.
We are honored to receive this award and to count the Genesis Women’s Shelter as a partner and friend to the Women’s Initiative. Please join the Women’s Initiative in thanking Jan and the Genesis Women’s Shelter for their incredible work.
What’s Happening in Afghanistan?
While there have been tremendous gains in Afghanistan, lack of security threatens these gains daily.
Q&A with Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan
Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi is a member of the national assembly of Afghanistan. She represents Badakhshan province in the Wolesi Jirga (house of representatives). Her story is one of survival, pursuit of dreams, and dedication to women’s well-being and health. Here, Dr. Ibrahimi shares her thoughts on the current state of Afghan women’s empowerment, the challenges women face in achieving equal rights, and the impact women have on the country’s long-term peace, security, and prosperity.
In Case You Missed It: The Breadwinner, an Animated Film About the Strength and Resilience of Afghan Women and Girls, Premieres in the U.S.
Executive producer Angelina Jolie tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.
A Conversation: The Power and Influence of a First Spouse
At the 2017 Annual Concordia Summit Mrs. Laura Bush had a conversation with the First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos and First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo García de Varela about the role of first spouses, the value of women’s leadership, and how first spouses can be prominent voices for change around the world.